How to Update HomePod Software

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Are you looking to update the software on your HomePod or HomePod mini to the latest version of HomePod OS software? Keeping HomePod updated allows access to new features and functionality, so it’s a good idea to do. Updating a smart speaker may not be a familiar process to many users, but as you’d probably expect, Apple makes the update process pretty easy and straightforward.

Just like your other Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, Apple Watch, etc., your HomePod runs on software as well, even if it doesn’t exactly have a display or a user-interface. Apple just calls it HomePod software for now, instead of using a fancy name. Software releases for the HomePod correlate with the iOS versions, so the device does indeed get regular updates.

It’s necessary to make sure your HomePod is running the latest version to ensure you’re getting all the latest features. In this article, we’ll be discussing exactly how you can update the software on your HomePod.

How to Update HomePod Software

The following procedure is applicable to both the HomePod and HomePod mini models. Basically, we’ll be making use of the Home app to update the software. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Launch the built-in Home app on your iPhone or iPad.

    Home icon
  2. Make sure you’re in the Home section of the app and tap on the Home icon located at the top-left corner of your screen.

    How to Update HomePod Software
  3. Now, choose “Home Settings” from the context menu to proceed.

    How to Update HomePod Software
  4. In this menu, scroll down below the Intercom feature and you’ll find the “Software Update” option. Tap on it to continue.

    How to Update HomePod Software
  5. Now, the Home app will start checking for any new updates for your HomePod. If it’s on the latest version, you’ll see the following message on your screen. If not, you’ll have the option to download the firmware.How to Update HomePod Software

By default, your HomePod checks for new software updates and installs them automatically without you even knowing it. However, users have the choice to disable automatic updates on the HomePod, if necessary. This setting may be handy if you want better control over the firmware version your HomePod is running.

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